How do OEMs like Dell license their machines - all about asset tags

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Yen, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. dj83

    dj83 MDL Novice

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    Just purchased a Dell Poweredge T300 at a bargain price, and upgraded BIOS to latest version, i.e. 1.5.2. I thought then: okay, since Dell added support for Windows 2008 R2, there should be SLIC 2.1 table ... :rolleyes:

    Installed W2k8, cert, set lic. key, and registered (with -ato command) and ... licence failed :mad: WTF ???

    extracted BIOS from exe provided by Dell, qot a .BIN and a .HDR. And how to repack, was a nice question ... without any answer!

    Then, just read this thread, using asset utility to set an asset tag at PASS:12/31. :eek: ... :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:

    True, messages are a bit frightening, but it works!

    In this server, unlike old Dells (GX520/620/745/D610) that have an asset field, this one is not used.

    Again, thanks! :worthy:

    Tags for Google search (that is, to help others to find an answer quicker than me): Dell Poweredge T310 Slic 2.1
     
  2. ShriEkeR

    ShriEkeR MDL Novice

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    useful information can be found in the images:
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  3. ndoggfromhell

    ndoggfromhell MDL Junior Member

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    Tried this on a PowerEdge 2900 and had no luck.

    Booted with the CD that has the dell software on it.
    type "asset PASS:12/31" and press enter...
    type "asset" to see that the asset tag is indeed entered.
    Ctrl-Alt-Del
    Says it's in manufacturer mode
    Ctrl-Alt-Del again
    Boots into server2008 but slic toolkit still unchanged. Am I missing a step?
     
  4. ndoggfromhell

    ndoggfromhell MDL Junior Member

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    Silly me, Sebus linked me to a chinese post that showed me the error of my ways. using "ASSET PASS: 1234" without the quotes worked and validated it.
     
  5. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    That is strange as asset is DOS executable, so it makes no difference what case you type it in, as DOS is not case-sensitive...
     
  6. ShriEkeR

    ShriEkeR MDL Novice

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    img259.imageshack.us/img259/2854/40975255.png
    it works for PowerEdge R320
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    after
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  7. scumeth

    scumeth MDL Novice

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    had success with a Dell r710
    official bios 6.4.0

    i found 2 separate good examples of this working (put url in google translate):

    hxxp://hi.baidu.com/chinasjy/item/7d93dfcba3987b16b77a2431

    hxxp://blog.csdn.net/yanshurong/article/details/6819549

    long/short story:

    get a copy of SvctagV3.4.rar (google for it)

    boot dell r710 to msdos
    run
    "ASSET PASS: 1234"

    you will get this sort of output:

    ASSET - Version 2.09 (C) Copyright 1993-2004 DELL Inc.
    About to chang the Asset Tag. Are you sure [y, n] y
    Service Tag => 4YH8 12X
    Asset Tag => PASS: 1234

    all done, reboot
    server will now boot to manufacturing mode, also it didn't show me 'configuring memory', i got a black screen instead, which was scary as it takes an age to sort it's memory out, the dell logo then popped up, no problem

    boot to windows, windows activated, no problem, reboot again to get a 'normal' bootup/post, job done

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    sorry for links being crap, forum wouldn't let me post them as i need more posts *sigh*
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    edit jan 2014

    just adding i'v also now done this on a Dell Poweredge 2950 Bios 2.6.1
    then upgraded bios to 2.7.0, still works
     
  8. f0ster

    f0ster MDL Junior Member

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    Just did this on a r610 with 6.4.0 bios = windows not activated. Do I need to use a slp key or something? I did not enter any key during installation. Existing (eval?) key ends with 8w83p
     
  9. peter_58_ha

    peter_58_ha Red Pete

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    Hello from Germany!

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    Does NOT work on DELL Latitude E6510 Laptops... :-(

    Using: ASSET PASS: 1234 sets the tag, but after reboot Win 7 is still not activated.. and yes, Im using the DELL SLP key with cert..

    any ideas in this case?

    BTW: same with Latitude E6410 and E4310


    best regards

    Peter
     
  10. peter_58_ha

    peter_58_ha Red Pete

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    Hey urie!

    thx for the link..

    The svctag tool reports this error:

    "This system is not supported by this utility (error 2)"

    Any ideas in this case?

    Best regards

    Peter
     
  11. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Aren't they using UEFI?? We still don't have any utility to enable SLIC on this platform.
     
  12. peter_58_ha

    peter_58_ha Red Pete

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    Hello Tito...

    yes, all Latitude / Precision Laptops with model-number ending with "10", "20" and "30" are with UEFI BIOS...
    maybe same to XPS and Studiom but Im only running Latitude and Precision Laptops.

    Here are (most) UEFI-BIOS driven Laptops:

    Latitude-Series:

    15,6"
    E6510
    E6520
    E6530
    R6540

    14,4"
    E6410
    E6420
    E6430
    E6440

    13,3"
    E4310

    12,5"
    E7240
     
  13. Lithium543

    Lithium543 MDL Novice

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    Works with a Poweredge T320

    Used the Dellbiosreset.iso file. Burned it to a cd, and booted. Came up with the usual not support message ran:

    asset /s yourdellservicetaghere
    asset PASS:12/31

    rebooted

    Booted to Dell 2.3 per slic toolkit. Worked like a charm.

    Notes -

    Done on Dell Bios 2.3.3 (most recent available)
    Done with bios in legacy mode.
     
  14. cafepc

    cafepc MDL Novice

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    Please note that the correct syntax is

    "ASSET PASS:1234" instead of

    "ASSET PASS: 1234", there is no space between "PASS:" and "1234"
     
  15. fbifido

    fbifido MDL Member

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    So, the correct asset command is: ASSET PASS:1234 {so space after the ":"}
    not asset:12/34 ?
     
  16. fbifido

    fbifido MDL Member

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    are you sure you type "asset PASS:12/31" and not "asset PASS:1231" ?
     
  17. tarigaad

    tarigaad MDL Novice

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    Folks i have an issues...Need assiatance

    I recently bought a use Dell T410 ....originally it shipped with NO OS ...the guy I bought it from installed 2012 datacenter form me and activated it

    Installed Hyperv and Windows 2008 R2 with Dell DVD..but they wont activate Please help!

    Physical Hos:
    I modded the bios (dellbiosreset (asset PASS:12/31) to expose the SLIC table SLIC Toolkit says it has SLIC 2.1 But No OEM certificate (tried installing SLIC 2.1 certificate but no go)

    Please help! Many thanks in advance
     
  18. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    The certificate must match the SLIC table, so, it's only a matter of using the correct one. Big OEMs have multiple in use.

    The third component, the OEM:SLP product key, only needs to match the SKU. Any valid OEM:SLP key works, as long as it isn't blacklisted.

    By the way, Server 2008 R2 is Windows 7, not Vista.